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22    Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee—Reference

Senator Whish-Wilson, also on behalf of Senators Lambie and Xenophon, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1—That the following matter be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 May 2016:

The planned acquisition of the F-35 Lightning II (Joint Strike Fighter), with particular reference to:

    (a)   the future air defence needs that the aircraft is intended to fulfil;

    (b)   the cost and benefits of the program to Australia, including industrial costs and benefits received and forecast;

     (c)   changes in the acquisition timeline;

    (d)   the performance of the aircraft in testing;

     (e)   potential alternatives to the Joint Strike Fighter; and

     (f)   any other related matters.

Statements by leave : Senator Conroy, the Assistant Cabinet Secretary (Senator Ryan) and Senator Whish-Wilson, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 37

Senators—

Bilyk

Hanson-Young

McAllister

Rhiannon

Brown

Ketter

McEwen (Teller)

Rice

Bullock

Lambie

McKim

Siewert

Cameron

Lazarus

McLucas

Simms

Collins

Leyonhjelm

Moore

Singh

Conroy

Lines

Muir

Urquhart

Day

Ludlam

O’Neill

Wang

Di Natale

Ludwig

Peris

Whish-Wilson

Gallacher

Madigan

Polley

Xenophon

Gallagher

 

 

 

NOES, 27

Senators—

Abetz

Fawcett

McGrath

Ruston

Back

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Ryan

Bernardi

Fifield

Nash

Scullion

Birmingham

Heffernan

Parry

Seselja

Bushby (Teller)

Johnston

Payne

Smith

Canavan

Lindgren

Reynolds

Williams

Edwards

Macdonald

Ronaldson

 

 

 

Question agreed to.